Marvel and DC Comics movies are very different from each another. Marvel takes risks. DC doesn't and will happily splash on the screen yet another Batman movie. Marvel uses little-known superheroes from the comic books and makes movies about them. Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool are examples. All of these movies were a huge success and DC Comics had to rush to compete with them by rebooting their franchises, including Batman v. Superman. But that movie wasn't that much of a success, just as Justice League, which was DC's answer to Marvel's Avengers and which was the biggest box-office bomb. DC has been kept alive as a viable studio because Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are a fundamental part of American mythology, but the movies remain polarising because DC hasn't given these characters some traits or flaws that we can latch on to in order to empathize with them.
There's also a difference between Marvel characters and DC characters. Marvel characters are mortal while the latter are gods. Gods aren't relatable. Marvel's superheroes, meanwhile, develop their superhero powers by some freak accident. As such, they have to figure out how to use their powers for good or evil. They struggle for normalcy and consider their powers as a curse.
With the exception of Wonder Woman, it seems that Marvel is more successful than DC in the creation of their films and characters. That's because their characters always outshine DC's characters. So whether you’re firmly on either side of the line, looking to choose a side, or considering which movies are better, or are just curious as to where the rivalry between DC and Marvel even came from, we’re here to help. Here is a handy list on why Marvel's characters and movies outshine DC's.
25 Because DC Keeps Rehashing Batman To Compensate For Their Lack of Superheroes
Do you want to know what's wrong with DC? It keeps rehashing the same character. In 1989 we saw a new Batman, which starred Michael Keaton and was directed by the kooky Tim Burton. The film did well enough that a sequel, Batman Returns, was made in 1992, with Keaton reprising his role. Burton returned as the director.
Ugh. We don't know what DC was thinking, but after the Keaton Batman films, the comic book studio decided that the world needed a new Batman movie just three years after the Burton-directed films. You know, in case we forgot the origin story or maybe because the Keaton movies were so darkly-lit. In 1995, the director Joel Schumacher made Batman Forever with actor Val Kilmer as Batman. Then, in 1997, the director returned with the sequel Batman & Robin. Schumacher decided to work with George Clooney playing Batman rather than having Val Kilmer appear in the sequel because the two clashed on the set. Batman & Robin was such a critical and commercial disaster that DC decided to cancel yet another Batman film, which was called Batman Unchained. MCU doesn't rehash. They produce sequels. They have enough characters that they don't have to keep repeating a superhero's story.
24 Christopher Nolan Takes On Batman, But Did We Need A New Reboot?
Whatever Christopher Nolan touches, it turns into gold. He directed the much-acclaimed hits Memento and Insomnia. It's no wonder that, when Nolan decided to make three Batman films, the director was given free rein, allowing him to reinvent the Batman franchise according to his vision. The new Batman films were Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and the Dark Knight Rises (2012), which all fell under the umbrella term The Dark Knight Trilogy. Many actors vied for the role, but Nolan ultimately chose Christian Bale because Bale "had exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for.” The films are indeed darker, and were taken seriously by film critics.
So, it seems with The Dark Knight Trilogy, that DC got it right for a change. But again, Marvel rules over DC. DC only makes individual character movies with no means in which to connect them to a full-fledged series. In contrast, Marvel makes movies where it's possible to create a new one and have that linked to a larger role and place in the MCU. That's what happened to Iron Man. The character had sequels but in the larger scheme of things, Iron Man was able to crossover and be part of a saga, which was the Avengers. And like other MCU characters, Iron Man can slip into another MCU universe film, which was what happened when he appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
23 Wonder Woman Could've Done More to Make DC An Epic Success
In 2017, Gal Gadot became an instant star in the mega-blockbuster DC hit Wonder Woman. Gadot carried the entire movie on her back, and in the process, it made over $821,847,012 worldwide according to Box Office Mojo. The movie won unanimous praise and Gadot's performance was celebrated, as she became a role model for women and girls around the world, a strong but sensitive and feminine woman who could do just about anything.
But DC dropped the ball. The release of Justice League after the success of Wonder Woman would've made sense if the former movie had used more of her in the film. Instead, she's in a diminished role. She doesn't contribute much to the film's plot beyond using her truth lasso and her vague ability to inspire her teammates. It's as if the director didn't know what to do with Wonder Woman. It's surprising to learn that Wonder Woman's role "was supposedly beefed up during reshoots after her solo film's unprecedented and understandable success." But it doesn't show on screen, as she still plays a very negligible role.
This would never have happened to MCU. For example, Iron Man / Tony Stark co-starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming, playing a sort of mentor to Peter Parker. But while Stark is not the focus of the film, the strategic insertion of him in the film works because he has something to do. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman never had a chance in Justice League; she ends up as a token and sidekick and "her awesomeness serves mostly to highlight the greater awesomeness of the guys around her."
22 Justice League Turns Wonder Woman Into An Object To Leer At
In Justice League, Gadot's Wonder Woman is seen in the film as only a sidekick object to be looked at. She's filmed from behind, at low angles so our gaze can rest on her bon bons. In fact, we don't ever see Gadot's face first. In most scenes, it's her body parts that are shown first, whether that's from the top or the bottom.
According to Screencrush, in the hands of the director Patty Jenkins, who made Wonder Woman, there's no suggestion of Gadot's goods despite her skimpy outfits. That the film was created by a woman is the reason why WW is not leered at in the film. In contrast, Justice League was made by Zack Snyder, and the personification of his masculinity reduced Gadot to an object, so much so that we see in several scenes the image of her from under her skirt.
This is why DC is inferior to MCU. MCU doesn't do that to its stars. Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, is never seen as an object to leer at. Instead, she's an object of force, and her costume shows no skin. She's not shot from behind, and she's not doing slo-mo shots of her running where her twinkling headlines are bouncing up and down. Shame on you DC!
21 Why Being A Mortal Is Better Than Being A God
Another reason why Marvel outshines the DC is that its cast of superhero are mortals who have been endowed with God-like characteristics, making them more relatable and realistic. DC characters, meanwhile, are more mythological. They are gods from the start, and they have come to earth to make peace desirable but at the same time know, for the most part, that they must fight for it if they are going to have any impact. Superman, for example, DC's most famous hero, literally descended from another place and came to earth. Who can relate to gods? We mean, besides those who have a god-like complex.
The reason why Marvel's characters work is because they are simply humans who are just like us, with all the hang-ups and fears that we also possess. The Marvel superhero is a man or a woman who is elevated to a god-like stature but who are not gods when they are suddenly endowed with god-like capacities. Mortals like Peter Parker and Dr. Banner had to deal with ordinary existence while attempting to find their place on earth now that they had superpowers. Parker, who turns into Spider-Man, is supposed to be a 15-year-old high school student. To find a way to use his new-found superpowers in the right way mimics his confusion on how to become mature, and how to transform himself from teen to adult while still battling puberty. In the end, Marvel issued forth a Spider-Man that is entirely relatable, not just to teens and tweens, but also to adults, who understand the metaphor and the every-man quality that Spider-Man possesses.
20 Captain America: Civil War v. Batman v. Superman
After Marvel relaunched, the first superhero movie they released was Iron Man. Using a character who plays a very minor role in the comic books was a risky move, but Iron Man became a surprise hit, and had a domestic total gross of $318,412, 101. After its release, and over a period of eight years, Marvel introduced us to more superheroes, giving each of them solo films. These included Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, and Hulk. In these films, Marvel slowly added the following characters in their line up, including Black Widow, Hawkeye, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision, among others. They were introduced as allies to the main superheroes and the reason why these allies did not have their own solo movies (they will now) is because Marvel did it the right way. Even though these allies were secondary characters, they were allotted the right amount of time for us to get interested in them in the released movies. Marvel also gave them a chance to develop in whatever movie they appeared in, as well as the opportunity to work off of each other so that they can be integrated later in larger roles. We have an emotional connection to Captain America because of such marination, and so we care if he gets hurt in one of the many battles he has to undergo.
Batman v Superman tried to copy the Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger by roping in their characters and putting them under one roof, but unlike Marvel, they failed to do so in any interesting way. Batman v. Superman is chock full of too many characters in one movie, including Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman, Lex Luthor, Doomsday, Superman and even Superman's death. DC wasn't strategic enough, as the film didn't give us the necessary time to get to know their characters or see how they developed over time in the movie. So in this round, Marvel wins again.
19 Marvel Copies DC's Wonder-Woman
Marvel has always been reluctant to give Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, her own standalone solo film. But in January of this year, all that changed, as the studio went forth in developing the film by hiring a writer.
The overriding reason why Marvel is making a Black Widow standalone is due to the success of DC's widely-popular and critically-acclaimed hit Wonder Woman. DC proved that a female hero could open a movie and be a success. Now Marvel is tending to its feminine side (at last!)
But there is a reason why a Black Widow movie was never made. It's that Black Widow, or Natasha Romanoff is a supporting character in Iron-Man 2, the Captain America series and the Avenger series.
In each, she literally kicks ass, but she doesn't have that many lines and hasn't been well-developed as a character. She was introduced in Iron Man 2 as some office worker. Her character faired better in Captain America's Winter Soldier and Civil War, as she became an important confidante to Captain America.
Black Widow has no superhero powers or access to Tony Stark's technology to make her resemble him. She had undergone rigorous training when she was a spy, which is why she can move as fast as Spider-Man. She is a mere mortal, but she doesn't act that way. In Infinity War, she was just another player fighting against Thanos. She has a backstory, but it's in a dream sequence in Age of Ultron.
18 The Expansion of The Marvel Comics Universe
On December 2017, the MCU world drastically changed. All of a sudden Deadpool. the X-Men series and the Fantastic Four characters would be part of the MCU universe.
21st Century Fox releases the X-Men series while Disney and the MCU universe has the Avengers. When Disney confirmed it will acquire a majority of 21st Century Fox’s assets, the deal meant that Fox will release the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, their respective villains, and several other characters to Disney's Marvel Studios. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed a merging of superhero universes and said Disney is "looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool."
The results will be mind-boggling, as now Marvel will have more characters to make movies for and they will all share the same cinematic universe. Most of the X-Men movies have done well at the box office, but they have also been critically panned, Marvel should be able to correct that, as it has a track record for producing great movies that receive accolades from critics.
This is why MCU rules. It's parent company Disney can brokerage a deal that will mean MCU has more characters to play with over the next decade. Meanwhile, DC stands alone, which means the company may just have to rely on Batman. Again.
17 The Stories MCU Can Tell Are Now Endless
Disney buying Fox meant that MCU can start producing movies for Deadpool, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, which used to be properties of Fox before the merger. The company can create sequels or prequels, or else do reboots to start afresh. They have already shown that they can do the latter when they released a new Spider-Man.
The most important part of the merger with Fox means that Marvel now has the ability to tell comic book stories it couldn't before. While we can only speculate, the merger also can mean that MCU can create another Avengers movies, rolling in the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters into their universe. The result will be catastrophic and will blow away comic fans. And the stories MCU can now tell will be endless. Marvel, unlike DC, can go all the way because they built a universe of superheroes with continuity, and even using the post-credit scenes to help them set up another forthcoming movie. Anything now is possible. Maybe X-Men will fight the Avengers. Maybe the Fantastic Four recruits Black Widow so that they all can go to Starbucks. So, in the meantime, while we imagine new Marvel movies, here's a list of some of the most famous, and much-anticipated movies, that are forthcoming from the studio.
Ant-Man And The Wasp (July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019), Avengers 4 (May 3, 2019), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2020), Black Panther 2 (TBD), Black Widow Movie (TBD).
What's up next for DC? Batman v Superman: Dawn v Palmolive, Suicide Squad: Call 911 Immediately, The Dark Knight Rises But Can't Get Up
16 Oh, The Things Marvel Can Do With The X-Men
Fox’s inconsistent track record with superhero movies makes a move to Marvel look attractive. The Fantastic Four reboot in 2o15 was called the worst superhero movie of the last twenty years. The script was atrocious. The merger allows Disney/MCU to possibly reboot or retell the story. We don't have faith in the way Fox tells a story; Marvel has developed a very high standard for what audiences can expect going into a superhero movie.
After all, Fox’s takes on the X-Men series and Fantastic Four have been wildly erratic. X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016, X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009 were critically panned, with confusing story plots. As for Fox's three Fantastic Four movies, all of them were failures. The series received scathing reviews that threw around words like “depressing,” “joyless," and “boring."
Over the past decade, Marvel has produced the biggest superhero hits in the industry. The number of critically-acclaimed superhero movies that Marvel has produced vastly outnumber Fox’s best X-Men movies. With Marvel's track record in mind, it wouldn’t be hard to believe that Marvel could make the Fantastic Four great again. The studio can turn around the X-Men series to its past glory. It can make minor characters major, and lessen the load on Wolverine.
15 Marvel Gets Spider-Man Right
Spider-Man/Peter Parker is a talented teenage freelance photographer and aspiring scientist who takes on superhuman abilities after being bitten by radioactive/genetically-altered spiders. Marvel blew it out of the park with their version of Spider-Man. In the film, Spider-Man is played by Tom Holland, and he's anxiously waiting for his next assignment from Tony Stark/Iron-Man. Holland was first introduced in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War (2016) before he got his own movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
The main reason the film worked was that MCU actually cast a teenager (Holland was then 19 during shooting), to play Parker, which follows the dictates of the comic books. We had to suspend belief with earlier Spider-Man movies that were released by Sony. Tobey Maguire starred in Spider-Man and its sequels. And then, as if Sony had nothing else to release, in 2012 the studio rebooted the franchise again, and for absolutely no reason. This time Andrew Garfield played Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.
Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were both well in their 20s and looked it. They could not really pass as teenagers. Parker was literally someone in high school who was still battling puberty, not a man but still a kid. Garfield and Maguire already passed that awkward age, which Holland, on the other hand, looks like someone who’s still growing, both physically and mentally. That's why Holland is perfect for the part. And that's why Marvel's Spider-Man seems like the definitive version of the character.
14 Why Being A Mortal Is Better Than Being A God
DC characters are gods, which makes them hard to identify with. These gods are designed to protect humanity and the greater good and were mostly born with their superpowers.
Unlike DC, Marvel emphasizes the humanity of their characters, the fact that they are mortals who have to find a way to use their superhero powers to protect the innocent. There's an everyman quality to them, especially since they desire normalcy. They must overcome their flaws, giving everyday people hope that they too can reach their potential. Bruce Banner is a brilliant but mentally tortured scientist who, when triggered by anger and other emotions, releases the monster inside of him and becomes the Hulk. The Hulk is just like us, someone who, on occasion, has to cope with his destructive alter-ego. Tony Stark was introduced as a jerk who learned the price of hubris. He is far from a god, and in the Iron- Man movies we see him struggling to be a better person. He's a joy to watch, as he's a wise-cracking know-it-all who ends up using his knowledge of technology, as well as his vast resources, to create an armored costume to become Iron Man. And when he does, he is able to use his powers in a good way. Thor was a Norse god, but even his story fits the bill: Odin banishes him to Earth for a lesson in humanity. Marvel is always consistent in creating heroes who are mortal at heart, who have fears just like us, flaws just like us to overcome, so that they can be relatable to the audience.
13 Guardians Of The Galaxy Responsible For Marvel Movies Getting Trippy And Weird
You probably didn't know anything about the Guardians of the Galaxy until Marvel made a movie about this universe. That's because the Guardians are at the bottom of the totem pole, and that making a movie about the characters was a huge risk. Yet Marvel's movie paid off as it became one of the biggest critical and commercial hits of 2014.
According to Cinemablend, the success of Guardians has paved the way for the MCU to take more creative risks with their movies to make them feel more "comic book-y." Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has this to say:
"The success of Guardians [allowed us] to go in new, fun, weird directions. . . You know we did the comic books as you well know do all sorts of fun, [with] mind-bending. . . storylines that you really hadn't seen in any movies."
What Feige meant is that MCU can now be "trippy." Sure, there have been cosmic elements with the two Thor movies as well as in The Avengers. But Guardians took the space elements to a new level. Guardians proved that MCU had the ability to capitalize on weirdness and in so doing, the studio can now take their films to different levels of that without alienating its fans. According to Comicbook.com, Feige confirmed that the MCU is "ready to test audiences with whatever inter-dimensional magic they can come up with."
12 Why Is The DC Universe So Dark And Bleak?
There is a major difference between the Marvel and DC franchises. It's the tone. MCU movies are imbued with a lot of humor, which has helped make them hits. DC movies, meanwhile, have darker undertones and their plotlines are both serious and grim. The movie sets are even dark, and the settings are gloomy. DC superheroes like Batman and Superman are dour; they do not crack jokes between each fight scene like in a Marvel movie. The inclusion of humor in their movies wouldn't fit their personalities. In contrast, while the end is always near, the Marvel movie tone is kept fairly upbeat. Iron Man and Spider-Man are inherently funny characters who make funny punchlines in part because they keep messing up while trying to do the right thing. DC should be taking a page from MCU.
But since DC's oeuvre is mostly downbeat, it would be hard to say which superhero can play the comic foil. Moreover, DC will probably never come out of Marvel's long-cast shadow, as they keep using the same superheroes like Superman and Batman. Their raison d'etre is the reboot. Meanwhile, Marvel looks to the future by making new movies with different characters, like Deadpool and Black Panther for example. And they become wildly popular because we're not watching something that has been rehashed like a thousand times. The one thing that DC did right was making a standalone movie for Wonder Woman.
11 Deadpool Is Now The Funniest Movie In The MCU
There's a moment in Deadpool when Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool, just blurts out a meta-joke about Wolverine:
“I’ve got no problems with Hugh. I mean he’s a delightful guy, he really is. True legend. But the movie [X-Men Origins: Wolverine], that was a career low for me.”
Yeah, we know, funny as hell. The standalone Deadpool, released in 2016, is easily one of the funniest comic book movies that we've seen so far. That's due to the physical humor, but it's also due to the dialogue that's full of hilarious one-liners delivered in a sarcastic tone. The movie is subversive in so many ways, and it breaks the fourth wall to hilarious effect in the manner of the cult classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In each fourth wall, Ryan Reynolds cracks jokes about pop culture, as well as on himself, above all his past movie failures. There's a running gag about the DC universe. He reveals the problems he has with the X-Men series. In the funniest quip, he calls Josh Brolin's new character Thanos because he played him in Avengers: Infinity War.
That's why Marvel characters are more successful than DC characters. DC would never pull jokes, as their characters are dark and god-like.
10 Justice League Tried To Rip Off Avengers, Epic mess
DC's Justice League was a commercial failure with a whole heap of scathing reviews. This was DC's version of Avengers. But why did Avengers succeed while Justice League left us limping? Well, it's how Marvel does its films. They give their core characters their own movies where their history and backstory are revealed so that when they make an ensemble movie like Avengers, there's no exposition, just wild action scenes imbued with a toss of humor and a light tone. In this way, if you saw the solo movie, the ensemble one wouldn't leave you confused. Then they put together a cast of characters who are already established as fan favorites but who don't yet have their own franchises so that they can possibly appear in them later if need be. Also, always keep both your solo and ensemble movies open at the end of them in order to introduce future sequels. In addition, create relationships between characters in an organic manner so that they can develop friendships in later films.
That schematic outline makes Marvel ensemble movies work. Justice League didn't because it rushed through the exposition of the new character introductions, but failed to make them team up as a plausible supergroup. Then, Justice League should've come out of the shadows. It's doom and gloom over at DC. If Justice League copied more of Avengers--Marvel's blend of jokes served alongside justice--and was fun to watch and had goofy elements, maybe it would've been more successful.
9 Captain America May Be The Most Flawed Superhero, But That's A Good Thing
In Captain America, the patriotic soldier is willing to do anything to stop the Hudra Nazis from winning the Second World War. The character in the first Captain America is the perfect boy scout. He really would do anything to save the world. But at first, Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, had his doubts. He said,
"When I first played him, my biggest concern was that there is no part of him that has some deep, dark conflict that he wrestles against. He just wants to be a good man. .. That’s tough to portray nonstop."
Marvel ended up listening to Chris. Slowly we see Captain America turn a shade darker. In Civil War, the theme of the movie is government control. Tony Stark supports the government regulation of superheroes. But Captain America opposes that; his desire to do what he feels like without any limitations, and his opposition of government control, is what makes him one of the most complex characters in the MCU. We also see this every occasion that the Avengers as a team saves the world while inadvertently destroying some city in the process, which leads to more government control imposed on them. While Tony Stark is willing to submit to that, Captain America is not; he and his faction oppose being tethered, opposed being leashed. That darker version of Cap still makes him fight for morality and still puts himself last. He has a level of selflessness, as Evans said, but he is also rebellious. As a result, Chris' character becomes a flawed and complex hero, which makes him a more interesting character in comparison to the one-note traditional knight-in-shining-armor hero.
8 Because Marvel Characters Fight In Real Cities, Not Fantasy Worlds
Yet another reason why Marvel gets it right is that their characters do not live or fight in fictional locations. The superheroes fight in cities we know. New York City, Washington, D.C., and London are just some of the real locations that serve to ground a movie like Avengers or Captain America. There is more at stake when we see a landmark building we know is being destroyed. Of course, the reason why a team fights is mostly due in part because they are trying to protect their city. Just as actors and actresses bring comic book characters to life in movies, so too do cities. In The Avengers, the location is New York City. The Avengers defend it at any cost, and in the process, they ruin buildings and endanger normal New Yorkers in order to hold off the Chitauri invasion. New York, then, helps to make the superheroes real. We may be entering a fantasyland when we watch The Avengers, but we can easily care for the characters because we care about the locations. We are indeed affected when a landmark is destroyed.
DC's Justice League's setting is also important to the characters. But the reason why Marvel's Avengers series outshines Justice League is because its heroes protect and fight for worlds that are made up. We don't necessarily care when a building crashes down in Metropolis or Gotham or in Central City, where you can find Flash racing around. Sure, you can be more imaginative if you set your characters in a fictional world. But don't feel sorry if moviegoers can't suspend belief.
7 Deadpool Skewers Pop Culture, And Here Are Examples To Prove It
Deadpool may be the funniest superhero comic of all time. Deadpool skewers everything, including himself. He has parodic moments, he breaks the fourth wall to make jokes and he's sarcastic. So here are some jokes you may have missed.
Here's Deadpool breaking the fourth wall: "You’re probably thinking, ‘My boyfriend said this was a superhero movie but that guy in the suit just turned that other guy into a kabab!’ Well, I may be super, but I’m no hero. And yeah, technically, this is a murder. But some of the best love stories start with a murder. And that’s exactly what this is, a love story. And to tell it right… I gotta take you back to long before I squeezed this a** into red spandex.”
Here's another fourth wall from the first Deadpool:
During the after credits scene, Deadpool addresses the audience and says, “You’re still here? It’s over. Go home! Oh, you’re expecting a teaser for Deadpool 2. Well, we don’t have that kind of money. What are you expecting, Sam Jackson show up with an eyepatch and a saucy little leather number? Go, go.”
There are also parodies. The funniest one is when Deadpool copies the famous shower scene in the movie Flashdance by showering himself in bullets rather than water.
Yep, Marvel does it again. Can you imagine if Batman broke the fourth wall? What would the dark knight tell us? That he loves sunshine and rainbows?
6 Wonder Woman v. Okoye
Wonder Woman and Black Panther are both groundbreaking in that the films celebrate diversity. Wonder Woman has empowered many female moviegoers because the character is a strong independent woman. Okoye, on the other hand, is the first black superhero who celebrates the power (and beauty) of black women for all ages, and breathes new life into Marvel's mostly all-white cast.
The difference between Okoye and Wonder Woman is that the latter is a demi-god and the former is a human who has no superhuman strengths. Wonder Woman is a feminist icon endowed with superhuman powers such as super-strength, agility, speed and even flight. To help her fight, she has been given her now iconic Lasso of Truth, as well as a sword, a shield, indestructible bracelets and projectile tiara.
Okoye seems diminished in comparison to Wonder Woman, but she's still a powerful warrior (with a huge heart) and an indefatigable leader as general to King T'Challa as well as being the leader of the Dora Milaje regiment, an all-female army, and special forces unit. She only has vibranium-laced armor-- vibranium is one of the rarest metals on Earth and descended in a meteorite that crashed in the fictitious world of Wakanda--and a golden spear, but she can still kick some serious butt. She will jump into action to protect the throne at any cost. That's why she's the general to King T'Challa. Okoye's leadership is what makes her an icon these days.
So who's stronger? Looks like WW. But Okoye is also a contender because she has no superpowers and yet will fight the good fight day and night.
5 Marvel Routinely Hires Fresh Faces, Including Elizabeth Olsen
Marvel packs its movies with Hollywood A-listers and unknown up-and-coming actors whom they just happen to know will be big stars. One such unknown who is now famous is Elizabeth Olsen. In 2011, and when she was just 22, Olsen won the role of her lifetime. She played the titular character in the critically-acclaimed movie Martha Marcy May Marlene. After fleeing from a cult to get back to her family, Martha has a hard time surviving in the normal world, as she suffered from paranoia and delusions after being kept apart by the cult.
It was the success of Marcy May Marlene that led her to be cast in more movies, and which ultimately paved her way later in life to land in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
In 2015, Olsen starred in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, which was a big deal because Marvel movies are a box-office draw, which meant she would gain more exposure in Hollywood. First, while she played Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, she had an uncredited cameo in Captain America: Winter Soldier in 2014, but she followed that by Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, where she had a real role, reprising her cameo as Scarlet Witch in Captain America.
She's a fresh face, and this is why DC always falls short--they only seem to hire A-listers with the exception of Justice League. Hollywood loves fresh faces and now its time for Olsen to shine.
4 Mortal Superheroes Are More Interesting Than Gods
There are a number of differences between Marvel and DC. One key one is the characters and their powers. Most of the DC characters are considered gods, as they are gifted or born with their superhero abilities. Meanwhile, most of the Marvel heroes went through some accident which transformed them and gave them their extraordinary powers.
How the characters got their powers always makes for a good plot element. For Marvel characters, their powers are almost like curses, and they possess the burden of trying to decide how to use them in a moral way. Think of The Hulk. He's a scientist, but when he's ticked off and angry, he becomes this superhuman force. In DC, powers are more of a good thing, and when the characters are called to fight for the rights of others, they do not hesitate to crush the enemy.
Whether its Marvel or DC, the path in which the characters decide to use their powers for good over evil is part of their origin story; it's what makes them unique and different from each other, as well as different from the world. The characters' powers are their innate traits. Thus, Superman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman, to name a few, aren't transformed in any way. This makes them look as if they are in stasis, and also makes their origin story uninteresting. But when Marvel's characters undergo freak occurrences like the way a barrel of radioactive wave transforms them into a superhero, save for some exceptions like Thor, they become more realistic. Their stories and powers are grounded, and we watch their transformations as if we are the ones who are being changed. That's another strikeout for DC.
3 Marvel Can Now Make R-Rated Movies
In 2016, after Disney bought Fox, Disney's CEO Bob Iger said it had no plans to make any R-rated Marvel movies. But then Deadpool was released with an R-rating. A Disney film with that rating? Most of Marvel's superhero films are PG-13. Iger felt that Deadpool might bomb with an R-rating because its Marvel films target families and children. But then Deadpool became a huge hit, proving that an R-rated film featuring tons of violence and cursing can actually work. If Deadpool or its sequel was PG-13, of course, the movies would lose their raunchy humor. Iger naturally changed his story and said, "Deadpool clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool. As long as we let the audiences know what's coming, we think we can manage that fine."
This is ground-breaking, as now directors and producers behind the Marvel movies are bestowed with more tools to work with. We may get to see Captain America curse in his next film. Or how about biting sarcasm while breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience? Black Widow can do that. Ok, just kidding. She'd never be able to pull that off. Have we ever even seen her smile in the Avengers series?
2 Marvel's Tom Holland Is A Fresh Face Who's Going to Breakout As A Huge Superhero Star
MCU likes to hire young unknown actors who have fresh faces so that their films will also feel new and visceral. One such actor was Elizabeth Olsen, which we talked about earlier. Another is Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He's going to have a very bright future because he's physically capable to do nearly everything, such as mastering the choreography in a fight scene. That's because he's a trained dancer and gymnast, and these qualities make for a perfect Spider-Man.
Every MCU fan knows that its actors have to undergo an extreme physical transformation to play their roles, such as lifting and eating right to look buff or lean. Holland was physically fit before playing Spider-Man as he had trained as a gymnast when he was a child. And he knew about and was active in parkour while growing up. Gymnastics and parkour are valuable skills for any superhero actor to know, as it lets them test their body's capability, what it can do, and what it can't do. Even Chris Evans, who's not a gymnast, learned parkour because he knew it would allow his body to perform balletic moves and be flexible and able to withstand his intensely choreographed fight scenes. This is what Holland does perfectly. That such a young man like him makes him a force to be reckoned with.
1 Pops Of Color Helped Make Guardians A Success; Will Marvel Change Its Somber Palette?
It used to be, according to Vox, that bright joys of color in superhero movies was something to avoid because the films needed to be taken seriously. That's no longer the case. Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel showed that you don't have to live in an overcast or grey world, where color seems as if it was wrapped in gauze. Guardians is significantly different from MCU movies because it is filled with bright, dazzling colors. But Marvel is changing, as the somberness (like in Captain America) of its films are slowly being transformed. Guardians 2, in its very first scene, is shot with a multitude of bright colors like neon pink, purple and shiny gold. Everything in the scene is shimmering, and characters are lit so brightly from behind that you can actually see the detail in their costumes.
The blasts of color in Guardians 1 and 2 have been a major influence in MCU movies. Shots of color have been a major change for moviegoers because the vast majority of previous MCU movies lacked color, with grey backdrops and a lack of sunlight even if a scene is shot in the afternoon. Guardians 1 and 2 proved that light can help make a movie more visually interesting. And since Marvels has since embraced jokey films like Deadpool and its sequel, what better way than to make those jokes pop with pops of color? In this way, the mood is already there for the characters to be funny; a somber mood when a character makes a joke just seems out of place.